LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Officials at Keeneland Racecourse said Saturday that a third horse has died racing during this year’s spring meet.
The officials confirmed that the horse Amandine was euthanized Friday after suffering an injury while racing.
Two previous deaths were reported at the track since the start of the 2019 spring meet, which began April 4. The horses Cathedral Reader and Mandel died April 6 and 10, respectively.
We’re told Amandine’s body will be examined by veterinarians, who are working to determine if there is any connection between the three deaths. Officials say they will look into a number of factors including the track surface and any medications taken.
The results of Cathedral Reader’s necropsy are expected to be released over the weekend.
The deaths come amid heightened scrutiny of the thoroughbred horse racing industry following the deaths of nearly two dozens horses at California’s Santa Anita since December.
Keeneland’s spring meet continues through April 26.